Sara Mulrooney, Mexico ETA (2023)
B.A. Spanish, History, and Economics (May 2023)
“I am teaching at la Subdirección Regional de Educación Básica Atlacomulco, a K-8 school in the town of Atlacomulco in the state of México. I’m thriller to be engaging with a new community, putting my language skills to use, and exploring teaching professionally.
“I was so pleased to have so much support through UW-Madison. Throughout the application process, I never felt alone and knew I could always ask for help.
“Fulbright was on my radar throughout college, but I wasn’t sure about applying. After returning from a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain, I decided to give Fulbright a shot. I was interested in teaching language, and I knew I wanted to spend time in another Spanish-speaking country, so I chose to apply for the ETA program in México. I wrote my application the summer before my senior year at UW-Madison.
“The application process taught me plenty of patience! I had to stay positive throughout the long process from writing my application over the summer to becoming a finalist months later. Pushing through the uncertainty was (and still is) challenging, but I learned to keep believing in myself.
“I would recommend that others apply for a Fulbright award! Although the process and award itself may seem daunting, it is achievable and worth the effort.”